Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard troll tabloid over salacious report about their sex life

For Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, tabloid speculation regarding the state of their marriage has become commonplace (just like most celebrity couples), but sometimes rumors go so far they can't help but fire back.

On Wednesday, Shepard took to Instagram to share a screenshot of an email he'd received from a tabloid magazine looking for a comment on a story they intended to publish that claimed Shepard and Bell were into kinky and fetishistic bedroom behavior.

"Star is working on a story in which a source says that Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard have discussed having a threesome and toyed with other kinky things, like S&M and role playing. Sources say that Kristen believes this is insurance against marital meltdown," the email explained, adding that the couple had a deadline of 12 p.m. on Thursday to comment.

"The only offensive thing about this bulls**t story is that @kristenanniebell isn't doing all this kinkiness out of horniness, but rather a desperate attempt to save her marriage," Shepard angrily yet hilarious wrote in the caption. "I think we all know Bell is a lot more gangster than that."

"I'll now give you until 4PM to comment, Star," Shepard added.

Not one to let a good opportunity for a hilarious response pass her by, Bell jumped on Instagram shortly after, reposting Shepard's photo and providing the sought-after comment -- sort of.

"Id love to comment, but its hard to talk with this ball gag in!" Bell quipped.

Stranger Things star David Harbour, who is friends with the couple and a recent guest on Shepard's podcast, Armchair Expert, weighed in as well in the comments.

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PROVIDENCIALES, PROVIDENCIALES - JANUARY 30: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell pose as she vacations with her family at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa on January 30, 2018 in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Beaches)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell attend The 2017 Baby2Baby Gala presented by Paul Mitchell on November 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby)
WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Actor Dax Shepard and actress Kristen Bell attend the premiere of STX Entertainment's 'A Bad Mom's Christmas' at Regency Village Theatre on October 30, 2017 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell visit the SiriusXM Studios on March 22, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'CHiPS' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell fool around at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'CHiPS' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: (L-R) Actors Matt LeBlanc, Kevin Hart, Kristen Bell, and Dax Shepard backstage at the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell attend the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard attend the fifth annual Baby2Baby gala honoring Jennifer Garner at 3Labs in Culver City, on November 12, 2016. / AFP / CHRIS DELMAS (Photo credit should read CHRIS DELMAS/AFP/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 10: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell wear Game of Thrones Shirts at Tattoos on a date night at the premiere of HBO's 'Game Of Thrones' Season 6 at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 10, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 28: Actors Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard arrive at the premiere of USA Pictures' 'The Boss' at Regency Village Theatre on March 28, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Dax Shepard and actress Kristen Bell arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actors Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 22, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 21: Actor Dax Shepard and wife actress Kristen Bell arrive at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards on February 21, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: Actor Dax Shepard and wife actress Kristen Bell arrive at The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 07: (L-R) Actress Kristen Bell, actor Dax Shepard and actress Monica Potter attend The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre LA Live on January 7, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 01: Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'The Judge' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on October 1, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
Actors Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell arrive at the premiere of 'This Is Where I Leave You' held at TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood. (Photo by Frank Trapper/Corbis via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 04: Actors Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell attend 'The Judge' premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 4, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 04: Actors Kristen Bell (L) and Dax Shepard attend 'The Judge' premiere during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival at Roy Thomson Hall on September 4, 2014 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: Actor Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell attend the 100th Annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 03: (L-R) Nick Loeb, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell and Justin Mikita attend the Bloomberg & Vanity Fair cocktail reception following the 2014 WHCA Dinner at Villa Firenze on May 3, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/VF14/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 05: Actor Dax Shepard (L) and actress Kristen Bell attend the 2nd Light Up The Blues Concert - An Evening Of Music To Benefit Autism Speaks at The Theatre At Ace Hotel on April 5, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LUTB)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actors/husband & wife Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) (L-R) Actors Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Kristen Bell, and Dax Shepard attend the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter on March 2, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF14/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 2: Dax Shepard (L) and Kristen Bell arrive at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
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"Can we role play that I'm the publicist that sent this and you guys come to my house really mad but then we wind up in a threesome?" Harbour joked. "Dialog is up for grabs, just a general structure. We probably need a third act too where we go on an adventure to solve climate change together to make it really sing for me, but it's a start."

The cute and hilariously supportive couple recently found themselves in the middle of controversy when Bell admitted to smoking weed around her husband, who is 14 years sober. 

Shepard himself was the one who came out in defense of his wife against twitter critics, arguing, "That would be like a diabetic expecting their partner to never eat dessert. Get real!"

For more on the magnetic connection between the stars, check out the video below.

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